Civil War. Maine. Louisiana. 30th Maine. Ltr Fr Franklin City, 1864 For Sale
The writer of this letter was James Larrey from Windham, Maine. He enlisted in December of 1863, and was sent to Louisiana as part of the 30th ME Infantry. He died of disease in New Orleans just a few months after this letter was written, and is buried in Chalmette National Cemetery in Chalmette, Louisiana. The letter is four pages, and except for a few lines written in light - or faded - ink is easy to read. Measures 5 x 8, and though the center fold has a three-inch split (easy enough to repair) the over-all condition is good. SEE SCANS. The Battle of Irish Bend took place took place in this area a year earlier in April, 1863. The letter is dated March 4, 1864, and is directed to his wife. See scans for full text, but he writes in good part, "They got started on a foraging expedition the other day but it rained so they gave it up. I am enjoying good health now. I have got over my cough, and have a good appetite now and am gaining strength fast now." ...."There are quite a number of cases of Measles in this regiment and the Diereah takes hold of a great many of them. There was one buried from couping [coughing?] the cause of his death was vomiting so hard...that it hurt his lungs and brought on a fever...." ...."Drill is over for this forenoon and dinner is not quite ready so I will write a few lines more. The part of the Second Maine Cavalry arrived here yesterday, if they keep coming in their will get to be quite a number of Maine boys here, It looks very desolate here the once flourishing country all laying idle and a mere waste. It is now seed time there is nothing doing so much as a garden or anything of the kind. It is all preparing for war, war and nothing else. It is now evening and there are a number of boys around me, John Richardson among the rest telling some of his long yarns." ...."I suppose we will have to pickup and get ready for a march, they say we are to Alexandra in the Red River some one or two hundred miles from here. I rather guess there will not be much fighting but I suppose there will be some rebs in the way." And so on. Larrey, by the way, died three months and two days after writing this letter, on July 6. 1864. Payment via Paypal, though other forms of payment are usually accepted.
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